Columbia area cab driver is in legal trouble after he was accused of firing a weapon at a customer.
33 year old Vincent Laben faces attempted murder charges for allegedly firing an assault rifle after getting into an argument with a woman he believed was not going to pay him Tuesday night.
Laben is also charged with possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and with unlawful carrying of a weapon.
Columbia Police say the incident happened around 11 p.m. Tuesday at a downtown hotel. The woman told investigators that Laben picked her up at the airport and she told him she would give him money after using the hotel’s ATM when they arrived. However, Laben apparently did not believe her and grabbed her phone. Police say that led to a physical altercation between the two.
The victim got out of the cab and ran to the back of the hotel. She said Laben grabbed an assault weapon from inside the cab and ran after her. The woman told police that the cab driver fired at least two rounds at her. Officers say no one was injured and a bystander stopped Laben until police arrived.
Once he was placed under arrest, Laben complained of having chest pains. He was taken to a local hospital where he was released and transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.
According to police, Laben is in the United States on a green card.
A judge set his bond at $200,000.